The high-end watch manufacturer, Vacheron Constantin, has strengthened its Malte collection of tonneau-shaped timekeepers with Art Deco styling. The new watch called Vacheron Constantin Malte Moon Phase and Power Reserve is actually a new iteration of a discontinued piece from around seven years ago. The new version comes in a rose gold housing and with a new type of a simpler silvery-white dial. As it is clear from the watch’s name, the supported complications of the watch with a manually-wound proprietary caliber are a power reserve indication and a highly accurate moon phase display.
The piece from the Malte series of the famed Genevese watchmaker is not entirely new. Back in 2009, Vacheron Constantin had a similar model with the same set of functions (including the same type of movement). However, the old version was visually quite different from the new one. The novel variant has a much more simplified and elegant appearance, due to the fact that it ditched the old type of dial with guilloched patterns and different colored sections that made it look a bit too busy. Instead of this, the newer version features a more restrained styling with a crisp silvery dial with sand-blasted finish.
The dial includes two large applied Roman Numerals (on top and bottom) and hour markers in red gold (instead of the previously used combination of a single Roman numeral and Arabic ones on the rest of the positions). The slender numerals and hour markers are in the same material as the housing. Additionally, they have the same general Art-Deco looks as well. There is also a white small seconds counter on the bottom, while two displays of the supported functions occupy the left side of its face. The moon phase display with the crescent-shaped opening is positioned lower and slightly more outwards than the power reserve. The scale of the power storage is presented as a curved line which is the thickest at the top and the thinnest at the bottom and which allows intuitive reading. The unorthodox positioning of the supported indications gives the dial a slight asymmetric feel but still keeps it quite eye-catching.
Just like the indices, numerals, as well as all of the supported hands and pointers on the dial, the case of the watch is in 18 K pink gold and with a polished finish. It is 48.1mm long, 36.7 mm wide and 10.49 mm thick (which is slightly smaller than the previous version). The structure includes a fixed bezel, a sapphire crystal and a solid metal case-back. It is waterproof to 30 meters.
Inside the barrel-shaped housing there is proprietary Caliber 1410. It is a manually-wound mechanical movement with 20 rubies and 175 components altogether. Its power reserve lasts for 40 hours, while its precise moon phase mechanism, otherwise known as an astronomical moon requires a single correction every 122 years. The movement is round in shape, which is probably among the reasons why there is no sapphire display section on the back of the case. Caliber 4410 is quite small and has the diameter of 9 lignes (22 mm), as well as the thickness of 4.2 mm. Its quality, precision and the presence of high-end decorations are guaranteed with the Geneva seal, a stringent certification common for all calibers of the Genevese brand.
Vacheron Constantin Malte Moon Phase and Power Reserve is paired with a brown alligator leather strap which locks with a red gold folding clasp with the company’s recognizable half Maltese cross-styled motif. There is still no official information regarding the price of the piece, but it can be expected that it will have the similar price as the old version of the piece which retailed for about $40,000.